Morning Updates: MBTA ups its technology game, S.C. votes to dump Confederate flag

The MBTA dropped its ancient “honor box’’ in favor of an app and a phone hotline. The Boston Globe/Jim Davis

Good morning, Boston. The MBTA’s new technology rankles some old-school users, South Carolina moves to dump the Confederate flag, and the rest of the news you need to know today.

MBTA dumps archaic “honor boxes’’ for updated technology, struggles ensue: “[Susan Warren’s] Samsung Galaxy phone was compatible with the smartphone app called PayByPhone — but Warren didn’t know how to download it (‘I only use this thing to call or text,’ she commented). When she called the hotline to pay, she was asked for a credit card number (‘I didn’t bring one’). And when the automated voice asked for the four-digit code that represented the Framingham parking lot, Warren couldn’t find it (it was labeled on a sign on the other side of the parking lot).’’ (The Boston Globe)


The Confederate flag moves closer to its end: “With protesters outside and the desk of a slain member draped in black, the South Carolina Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the State House. The 37-to-3 vote propelled the state toward a landmark moment that many hope could come within days: the lowering of the flag that has flown outside the seat of state power here for more than five decades, even as it became a symbol of the segregated South and white supremacy. … After a final vote in the Senate, widely viewed as a formality, the legislation will go before the State House of Representatives, where the outcome is less certain.’’ (The New York Times)

Stacks on stacks: “Local planners are counting on the deep pockets of corporate America to cover almost one-third the private cost of the 2024 Olympics, anticipating more money from domestic sponsorships than any previous Summer Games, according to a Globe analysis. At $1.52 billion, some critics say, the revenue estimate could be too ambitious — with no way to insure against shortfalls due to corporate tight-fistedness or indifference to a US Olympics.’’ (The Boston Globe)

Meet the enthusiastic “Eagle fan’’ from the World Cup: “I got [the eagle mask] about a month before we left for Vancouver. We knew we were front row, so we wanted something big. I think we achieved that… Although, I’ll assume that the people sitting behind me weren’t the biggest fans of their obstructed view.’’ (Boston.com)


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What did you do in your teenage years?: “[15-year-old] Joseph Rosenfeld was looking at the exhibit as the Museum of Science—an exhibit more than twice his own age—when he saw it. The math was wrong. … Joseph noticed the mistake and left a message at the front desk, but didn’t leave any contact information, according to Joseph’s father, Scott Rosenfeld. Joseph’s aunts contacted the museum, which then sent a letter to the family. ‘You are right that the formula for the Golden Ratio is incorrect,’ Alana Parkes, the museum’s exhibit content developer, wrote in the letter.’’ (Boston.com)

It’s not flying, it’s falling – with style: “If you were catching some rays and waves over the holiday weekend, you may have missed the U.S. Navy’s Parachute Team catch some air over Fenway Park. Members of ‘The Leap Frogs’ jumped into Fenway before the Red Sox-Astros game on July 3. But words don’t do this story justice.’’ (Boston.com)

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The Goodbye: Boston’s July 4 celebration through the years.

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